Their Take on Med School

Students apply — and often get in — to multiple medical schools. Those offered a place at the UW School of Medicine enroll at a higher rate than at any other medical school in the country, says U.S. News & World Report in its Best Graduate Schools Short List. These students give us a glimpse into why this school is such a draw.

“I’ve been fortunate to have travelled extensively in my life, and every time I’ve returned after traveling, I realize how special the people in Montana are. The opportunity to spend the first two years of medical school in my home state was a huge draw of the WWAMI* program.”
Ian McCracken, Montana
*WWAMI: the School’s five-state medical education system, including Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

“I was pleasantly surprised by how much class material is reflected in the clinic. Just the other day, we learned about the biochemistry behind diabetes, and the next day I had the opportunity to work with a diabetic patient and apply that knowledge during my preceptorship.”
Lingga Adidharma, Wyoming

“Medical school is even better than I imagined! Favorite part? Anatomy lab, without a doubt. Nothing beats hands-on learning!”
Lara Shefelbine, Montana

A Look at the E-17s

270
STUDENTS ENROLLED

131 MEN | 139 WOMEN

120
FIRST- AND SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS IN SPOKANE
With the creation of the Gonzaga partnership in 2016, we welcomed our largest-ever class in Spokane.

$3 MILLION
IN SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
to students, including E-17s, 85 percent of whom have financial need.

30
TRUST STUDENTS
The TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Training) program is a special track for students who already know they want to pursue rural medicine, and one of the many ways the School trains doctors for our region.

10
M.D.-PH.D. STUDENTS
The Medical Scientist Training Program prepares professionals with dual expertise in research and patient care.